The Water Dissensus – A Water Alternatives Forum

"How could anything non-controversial be of intellectual interest to grown-ups?" (Edward Abbey) This Forum is intended to provide space for critical debates and discussions about water issues. Existing dissensus, or antagonistic values and points of view, can be turned into a learning opportunity for the benefit of all and give way to reasoned debates that have the potential both to further understanding of complex water issues and to generate new ideas.

Dr. Nancy McCarthy earned a PhD in Agriculture and Resource Economics from UC Berkeley in 1996, and a JD from the George Mason University School of Law in 2009. In 2010, McCarthy founded LEAD Analytics, a consulting firm with a focus on natural resource management, governance, institutions; property rights and land tenure systems; and responses to climate change.

Dr Scheba has studied South African water governance, the lived impacts, and the emergence and drivers of endemic and spectacular water crises, over the past 15 years. Most recently, the author has examined the management of  Cape Town 'Day Zero' and the COVID-19 crisis in relation to impacts on the urban dispossessed. This work has included engagement with the social movements African Water Commons Collective (AWCC) and Reclaim the City (RTC).

Insaf Mekki is lecturer and researcher at INRGREF ( l'Institut National de Recherches en Génie Rural, Eaux et Forêts), Tunis, Tunisia

Andrea K. Gerlak is the Director of the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona and a Professor in the School of Geography, Development & Environment.

Karen G. Villholth has 30 years of experience in water research and management. She is a Principal Researcher and Groundwater Focal Point at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Southern Africa. She coordinates the Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice (GRIPP).
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Maria Rusca is a researcher in Water and Society. Her work focuses on the politics of urban waters, large water infrastructures and hydrological extremes in various geographical contexts and at different scales. She takes an interdisciplinary approach to further understandings of uneven distribution of disaster risk and inequalities in access to basic services, and how these are experienced. She was PI of INHAbIT cities and UNHIDE, focused on the dynamics of urban waters in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Hydrobiologist, Directeur de recherche emeritus at IRD (French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development) and member of the French Academy of Agriculture.
 
 

Dipak Gyawali is a hydropower engineer-political economist, an academician with Nepal Academy of Science and Technology and used to chair Nepal Water Conservation Foundation. He was Nepal's minister for water resources in 2002/2003.

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Gabrielle Bouleau is a political scientist at INRAE, France. Her research focuses on environmental politices and the greening of policies in France, Europe and the US. She documents how new environmental issues reach the agenda and how they result into new political decisions, new compentences and new indicators.

Dr. Marie-Helene Nassif is a Lebanese researcher in the fields of water and irrigation governance. She is interested in multi-disciplinary and systemic approaches of water management and policy analysis. She privileges and enjoys empirical research methods and has extensive experience about the Bekaa plain agrarian and hydraulic history. She currently works as a consultant with IWMI as the national coordinator of the regional ReWater MENA project.

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Shammy Puri - has over 45 years of experience in most aquifer typologies. He has worked with over 30 national governments on their investment planning for water / environment priorities, giving him an in depth perspective on the global status of these resources. His present work is to inspire sustainable solutions through practical hydrogeology.

Jude Cobbing is a consulting groundwater hydrologist with 20+ years' experience. He holds an MSc in hydrogeology from London University and a PhD in groundwater governance from Nelson Mandela University in South Africa. Jude has worked in South Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.

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François Molle is a senior researcher at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), France. He as 35 years of experience in water management, water governance and water policies, especially in Brazil, the Middle-East/Northern Africa and Southeast-Asia. He is co-editor of Water Alternatives.
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Dr. Carl Middleton is an Assistant Professor and Deputy Director on the Graduate Studies in International Development Studies (MAIDS-GRID) Program, and Director of the Center for Social Development Studies (CSDS) in the Faculty of Political Science of Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Dr Karim Eid-Sabbagh is an independent researcher and documentary filmmaker based in Lebanon. His research focuses on political ecology, imperialism and sovereign development, water resource management, and agrarian transformation in social formations of the Global South.

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Ana Elisa Cascão is an independent consultant and researcher working in the field of transboundary water politics. Ana is one of the co-editors/authors of the book “The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the Nile Basin: Implications for Transboundary Water Cooperation” (2019), among many other publications on Nile hydropolitics.

Linda Estelí Mendez-Barrientos is an Assistant Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, where she leads the Environmental Policy & Justice Research Group (epjr), which is dedicated to understanding how inequality and power asymmetries shape institutional change processes and environmental justice. Linda is also the founder of s2e-Science to Empower, an environmental justice initiative that facilitates applied research to support the defense of human and nature rights. She is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (2016-2021), NSF Integrative Graduate Education & Research Traineeship (2015-2017), and European Commission Agris Mundus Scholarship (2008-2010). Born and raised in Nicaragua, she earned a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California Davis, and holds two master’s degrees, one on Water Management from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, and the other on Tropical Agrarian Systems from Montpellier SupAgro in France.

Vishal Narain is Professor at MDI, Management Development Institute Gurgaon, India. He holds a PhD from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. His academic interests are in analysis of public policy processes, water governance, peri-urban water security and vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. He has published widely on these subjects in peer-reviewed journals. He is the author of "Public policy: a view from the South (Cambridge University Press, 2018)" and recently co-edited "Water security, conflict and co-operation in peri-urban South Asia: Flows across boundaries (Springer, 2022)."

David A McDonald is Professor of Global Development Studies at Queen’s University in Canada, and Director of the Municipal Services Project.

 

Shilp Verma has around 20 years of experience in the water, energy, agriculture, and rural livelihoods domain. In his current role as Senior Researcher, Water-Energy-Food Policies, he leads the GIZ-IWMI project ‘Solar Irrigation Expansion in India’ and the ‘IWMI-Tata Water Policy Program’ besides providing leadership to IWMI’s work on sustainable resource management and economic growth in Asia and Africa.

Doug holds a PhD in Anthropology. He has over 40 years of experience in applied research, consulting, program design and evaluation and other services related to natural resources management, and especially water management. He has lived in India (2 years), Pakistan (4 years), Sri Lanka (17 years), Indonesia (9 months), Egypt (9 months), and South Africa (10 years); and made shorter working visits to many other Asian and African countries. His career began with 18 months of field research on irrigation management in a small village in Pakistan. He subsequently worked for over 20 years at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), where he held several senior positions including Deputy Director General of Programs and the founding Director for Africa. Since 2008, he has worked as an independent consultant for many international institutions and consulting firms. He has numerous publications, many reflecting his substantial interdisciplinary experience. He is a Global Fellow at the Robert B Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska and is the Associate Editor for the “Dissensus Form” of the free online journal Water Alternatives. Doug now lives in Gainesville, Florida, USA.

 
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